Eugene Newmann at Pie Projects

Eugene Newmann, Arroyo (2019), oil on canvas

Pioneering New Mexico abstract painter Eugene Newmann creates contradictory dynamics in compositions that combine gestural elements of figuration and non-objective abstraction.

Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1936 and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, and New York City, Newmann has been engaged with art from a young age. With little encouragement from his orthodox Jewish family, who considered artistic representations to be idolatrous, he pursued a career as an artist after studying physics and mathematics at the University of Chicago. A central figure in New Mexico abstraction, Newmann received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2008.

His solo exhibition, Abstraction and Figuration, includes a 4 p.m. talk on Saturday, Aug. 27, with Newmann and historian Frederick W. Turner, and is followed by a 4:30 p.m. reception for the artist (through Sept. 17).

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